With Lewis Winton and Ricky Clarke fronting up the team in Elite Men, and Jai Motherwell and Olly Zwar representing the team in U/19s, the team packed up early and headed off to the fun track at You Yangs, the first round of the 2011/2012 Victorian State DH Series sprung into action! With some mechanical and health issues with the team on Saturday, race practice was full of mixed feelings as the rain set in.
This was the first official outing of the team and they were pretty keen to impress the public on board their new bikes and fresh team kit. With full team support behind them including a dedicated team manager, and a race mechanic from Trailmix, all the riders had to do all weekend was concentrate on their riding.
Race day rolled around and the team woke up to cloudy skies, which quickly gave way to 28 degrees and sunshine, resulting in a warm day on the track. High tyre pressures and some serious power in the legs were the requirements of the track as is not the steepest in the series, although super fun and well built. Qualifying rolled around and all four riders in the team qualified comfortably and starting preparing for their races runs.
With Jai and Olly leaving the pits warmed up and with their groomed bikes, they made their way to the top of the track for their final race run against some of Australia’s best junior riders. Crossing the line in 10th place was Jai, with Olly taking out 7th in his first ever race in U/19s. With a whole season of riding and training ahead of them, their aims are set on making the Australian Junior Worlds DH team for 2012. With the track drying up and becoming super slippery, Ricky and Lewis came down in 17th and 21st place respectively, impressive results considering the competition and the fact that the top 15 all finished within 4 seconds of each other.
The team is looking forward to the tracks getting steeper and more technical over the next few races, with Shepparton hosting the next race of the Victorian DH Series on the weekend of 5/6 November, followed by Mt Beauty (3/4 December). We would like to thank our generous sponsors, Trailmix, Procon Group, Specialized Australia, SRAM Australia, Anthem Industries, Narimba Fitness, Natural Swim Ponds Australia, Adidas Eyewear, and Alpinestars. Without your support we couldn’t be doing this. For more information on the team visit Anthem Industries http://www.anthemindustries.com.au
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